The history curriculum at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy has been designed to promote curiosity and inspire children to want to know more about not only Britain’s past but also that of the wider world. Through developing their knowledge of critical historical events, children will gain a greater understanding of the society in which they live and how it has shaped the world of today and therefore as a result, their role within it. Our aim is to give all our children a solid foundation and a deep insight into some of the most important periods, figures, events and themes in British and world history.
Through the teaching of History, we intend to inspire children to understand the process of change, intricacy of people’s lives and the variations of societies and the connections between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Children will understand how significant events have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. It is important that children gain a chronological understanding of the historical eras and events they are studying as this hones their ability to develop into strong, analytical historians of the future, although this does not mean that the programme of study at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy is always chronological but within each topic there is a clear sequence of learning.
At Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy we aim to equip all our pupils with a coherent knowledge and understanding of History, which generates a deep vision and the opportunity to produce coherent narratives from the earliest day to the present day. The units studied are knowledge-rich but have also been selected to develop children’s historical thinking and reasoning skills and where possible by providing pupils with the opportunity to experience the past for themselves through trips, visitors, videos, artefacts and workshops.
The exposure to the world, its people and communities begin right from the start of children’s school lives. In EYFS, our children are taught how to understand themselves and the world around them and as they progress they develop more awareness of the changes in routine during different points of the day and seasons of the year.
As children transition into Key Stage 1, their historical skills and knowledge are developed further. In the unit ‘Changes within Living Memory’, children are introduced to historical concepts such as chronology, vocabulary and representations by exploring the ways in which life has changed over three generations. Each topic in Key Stage 1 has been chosen to encourage pupils to ask and answer pertinent questions and develop a wide vocabulary of historical terms. Through the teaching of these units, the children are consistently probed to show what they know and understand of key events. In Year 2, the units ‘Names and Faces’, ‘The Great Fire of London’ and ‘Birmingham Heroes’ are studied. These topics build upon the learning and skills already taught in Year 1 as children demonstrate their knowledge of chronology and are able to identify similarities and differences between key historical people and events.
The history curriculum at Key Stage 2 covers some of the most significant periods within British and world history. In Year 3, children learn about ‘Prehistoric Britain’, the ‘Shang Dynasty’ and ‘Ancient Greece’. These units not only cover an important period in British history, but for the first time children are taught about significant aspects of the history of the wider world and how such civilisations and their legacies have influenced and shaped the world today. In Years 4, 5 and 6, the topics chosen intend to give children a strong grounding in British history. The units are taught chronologically from the first settlements through ‘Roman Britain’, ‘the Vikings’, ‘Anglo-Saxons’, ‘the medieval period’ and up to the ‘Industrial Revolution’ and touching on Britain during the two World Wars in Year 6 as part of the ‘Twentieth Century Conflict’ unit.
Our Year 5 and Year 6 children are given the opportunity to dive further into the historical world, carrying with them a bank of key vocabulary words and terms from previous topics. These units require our pupils to use all the skills and knowledge that they have accumulated in Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two. Furthermore, they encourage our children to build on from their schemas to deepen learning and their understanding of History and the significance of the past to today’s world in their long term memory. The study of ‘Benin Kingdom’, ‘Medieval Monarchs’ and ‘Middle East’ intends to provide our Year 5 pupils with the understanding of historical terms and use them to make connections. By studying the ‘Middle East’ for example, children are taught an overview of the history of this region and the reasons for some of the continual problems faced in this area today, which will enable them to make links between the past and the present and form their own informed opinions.
In Year 6, the units ‘Industrial Revolution’, ‘Civil Rights’ and ‘Twentieth Century Conflict’ are studied to support children further in enabling them to make their own interpretations of key historical periods and gain the ability to place this knowledge into various contexts. As the curriculum topics selected bring children’s knowledge up to the present day, pupils not only can see the importance of learning about history but are able to draw from what they have learnt and relate it to the present. Therefore, as a result, by providing children with the skills, they are able to make key links themselves in understanding how the past has shaped the world of today.
The history curriculum at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy has been chosen to ensure progression, a development of knowledge and skills whilst engendering a love for and enjoyment of the subject by all pupils in our primary school.
Our aim is to ensure that our historians are successful individuals in their chosen field/career.